Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

Monday Technology Tip- Stop Hacking Yourself

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

oopsHow many times have we seen some weird IM or email from someone that had some scammy links inside it to buy pills, get porn, or whatever the new trend is? Ever wonder how that happens or how you “got hacked?” Would it surprise you that they did it of your own free will?

Often there is no hacking involved. The individual simply gave the offending party their username and password. This is most often from some third party software that offers cool images, emoticons, coupons, or something else. It can also be from websites that want to invite your friends and asks you to “log in” to your email.

Never, ever, ever give your email and password to anyone. Software programs do not need it. You can invite your own friends. Some respected sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and others might ask for it, but I still frown upon giving this information to anyone.

If you have ever done this, the fix is easy. Go to your email’s site and change your password. Even if you have never done it, chances are you have not changed your password in a long time, so why not take three minutes to increase your security. It sure beats having to explain to friends why you spammed them with links to porn sites.

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CEC Webinar- $10 - Depression- The Misunderstood Epidemic

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 @ 07:00 PM

DepressionTitle: Depression- The Misunderstood Epidemic
When: Tue, Jun 26th 3 PM - 4 PM PDT
Presenter:  Diana Hurkens RN, MA, MBA, MHA
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 CM
Cost: $10  

Depression affects approximately 19 million people every year in the United States alone. Despite the common nature of depression much is still unknown about why some seem more susceptible than others and why some treatments work for one individual but not the other.  Attendees will learn about current diagnostic methods and treatments as well as explore current research into new diagnostic methods and possible future treatments methods. CEC: 1 CM 

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Monday Technology Tip- Security for Medical Transcription from Home

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 02:12 PM

PC SecurityMost of us are doing medical transcription from home. This is the main reason many choose this career over others. Working remotely can offer a lot of freedom; however, there is a need to take steps to secure your systems. In this virtual environment, it is critical that we take reasonable precautions to protect our computers. We will discuss some FREE options that can provide the protection you will need.

Antivirus
If you are doing medical transcription from home, or anything from your computer, you must have antivirus. It is not an option. The potential danger for those without it is high. Below are some free options.

Firewall
One of the things which makes this industry so great is the ability to do medical transcription from home; however, it is also a potential security issue. Computers need to connect to legitimate systems to download course materials while in school or to receive and send transcription assignments from an employer. A firewall is a must to ensure only those who should be connecting to your computer have the ability to do so

  • Windows Firewall. This comes with Windows XP security pack and beyond. It is not a bad firewall, but there are better ones. Just be sure you do not turn this one off if it is your firewall of choice. Many disable it for some reason and never turn it back on.
  • Zone Alarm- A free firewall that is extremely popular and easy to use. 
  • Comodo

Spyware
Many antivirus or other security packages offer spyware options. That being said, there are some simple to use free options that will benefit you while you begin your career in medical transcription from home.


If you simply go through each of the three sections, choose, and install one of the options you will drastically reduce the likelihood of having an adverse encounter with something trying to mess with your computer. When something is simple AND free, there is really no excuse not to do it. 

Topics: Technology Tip

CEC Webinar- $10 - Instant Messaging/Forums/Blogging

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:00 PM

instant messagingTitle: Instant Messaging/Forums/Blogging
When: Tue, Jun 19th 3 PM - 4 PM PDT
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 PD
Cost: $10  

Communication is critical in a virtual workforce. Despite he many tools at their fingertips, many transcriptionists are uncomfortable using them. This webinar will introduce instant messaging, forum use, and blogging as tools for professionals to use to keep connected and network with each other. CEC: 1 PD

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CEC Webinar- $10 - Oncology

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 04:00 PM

oncologyTitle: Oncology
When: Fri, Jun 15th 12 PM - 2 PM PDT
Presenter:  Diane GIlmore, CMT
Length: 2 hour
Credits: 2 CM
Cost: $10  

Cell structure and the genetic formation of cancer, the systems used to grade and classify cancers according to severity or metastasis, common lab and diagnostic tests used to analyze, detect, and diagnose, and various modalities of treatment.  Transcription tips, BOS rules, terminology nomenclature. CEC: 2 CM

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Topics: Webinar

CEC Webinar- $10 - Advanced Resume Building

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 @ 02:28 PM

ResumeTitle: Advanced Resume Building
When: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 3 PM - 4 PM PDT
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 PD
Cost: $10  

 

Every professional knows they must have a current, professional-appearing resume. But do you know how to market your resume in a virtual environment? Companies like Pongo, Linkedin, Monster, etc, offer an excellent resource to potential employers but only if you know how to use them.  1 PD 

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Topics: Webinar